Less than a week after signing him, the Jets have released veteran punter Steve Weatherford, the team announced today (via Twitter). As a vested veteran, Weatherford will immediately become a free agent without having to pass through waivers.
Weatherford, 32, signed with the Jets on Saturday to replace injured punter Ryan Quigley, and had an up-and-down performance against the Patriots on Sunday, averaging 40.3 yards on four punts. It was a return to New York for Weatherford, who spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the Jets’ punter, before playing four seasons for the Giants.
While it’s possible that Weatherford was released due to his play on Sunday, the move is more likely an indication that Quigley will be ready to return to action in Week 8 for the Jets.